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The End-of-Everything Watchdogs

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It's good to know these guys are on the watchtower:

bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/the-lifeboat-foundation-battling-asteroids-nanobots-and-a-i/ 

The money that Google and Sun Microsystems are giving show they are troubled, too:  Google gave $450 to the organization.

And I take the point that chairman Eric Klein makes:

“I also realized that there is no sign of intelligent life out there in the universe. You wonder what happened to all those intelligent civilizations, and one of my potential theories is they all self-destruct. I think it is a data point that is hard to skip over.”

I myself do not skip over that data point. I have always thought that the enemy is not out there but right here. And ib that connection I can suggest that aluminum, in triangular or pyramidal form, might be considered when designing the Personality Preserver. Mine has protected me for years.

Comments

rogerdr
Jul. 21st, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
In fact, the real problem with fears about aluminum is its very nature as an incredibly slow reactant. It oxidizes so slowly that you're very unlikely to get any in your system, much less have any accumulate after even a lifetime of use. An aluminum can might take thousands of years to oxidize, as opposed to dozens for tin or steel. It may be quite toxic, but it has to actually get in you first, and it's one of the least reactant metals (which is one reason why it's used for cans and cooking).

Edited at 2010-07-21 06:14 pm (UTC)
crowleycrow
Jul. 21st, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
So all that don't-cook-tomaotes-in-aluminum stuff I grew up with -- ancient bad science, aka superstition?
rogerdr
Jul. 21st, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I've never heard that in particular, so there might be something in it about chemical reactions that lift aluminum from the cookery. On the face of it, though, it sounds more like a wive's tale. Why not worry more about iron goods that rust and corrode far more easily, or copper?
crowleycrow
Jul. 21st, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
I was reminded as I read this that in fact there are several common antacids that use aluminum, or aluminum hydroxide, as a main ingredient. Di-Gel, e.g.
rogerdr
Jul. 21st, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Guess what? All of the well-known gemstones besides (purified) diamonds contain aluminum. Rubies are in fact a form of aluminum rust.
crowleycrow
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yes but they won't hurt you if you swallow them. even many of them. My smuggler friends insist this is so.
terryminer
Jul. 24th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
alzheimer's #1 cause
Arrid XXtra Dry, with aluminum dechlohydrate, sprayed directly onto your pourous underarms into your lymph system every day and night for years. i used to remember i smelled good....
undyingking
Jul. 22nd, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
I think the theory of it is that cooking highly acidic foodstuffs such as tomatoes (or rhubarb) directly in an aluminium pan will react with the metal, to an appreciably greater degree than just boiling stuff in water in it.

This seems to make chemical sense as an argument, although how significant the effect is I couldn't say.